“When I first looked into Appleton Greene, I thought it was another way to network professionally. I was so tired of networking on LinkedIn, Facebook and a long list of other professional and executive networks and had come to the conclusion that these were all a complete waste of time. The problem with social or professional networks is that you spend so much time on them, just to keep up with communications with people within your network, groups and circles and you really get very little or nothing in return. It always seems that you have to give far more than you can receive. Having become a Certified Learning Provider at Appleton Greene, I now realize that they are not really a network at all. They certainly don’t operate like a network. Sure they have clients, learning providers and consultants worldwide, but everything is managed through Appleton Greene directly, you do not have to waste time networking yourself. This means that everything is managed and controlled professionally and that all of your time is productive and well worthwhile. If I am spending any time with Appleton Greene clients, consultants, or other learning providers, I get paid for it.”

A quotation taken from a Learning Provider reference within the Retail industry.

  • Aeon Co Ltd
  • Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co
  • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc
  • com, Inc
  • Best Buy Co Inc
  • Carrefour SA
  • Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA
  • Centres Distributeurs E Leclerc
  • Coop Group
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • CVS Caremark Corp
  • Delhaize Group SA
  • Edeka Zentrale AG & Co KG
  • El Corte Ingl
  • Groupe Auchan SA
  • Grupo P -Brazil
  • HE Butt Grocery Company
  • Inditex SA
  • ITM D
  • J Sainsbury plc
  • JC Penney Company Inc
  • Kohl’s Corporation
  • Koninklijke Ahold NV
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Lowe’s Companies Inc
  • Macy’s Inc
  • Mercadona SA
  • Metro AG
  • Migros-Genossenschafts Bund
  • Publix Super Markets Inc
  • Rewe Group
  • Rite Aid Corporation
  • Safeway Inc
  • Schwarz Unternehmens Treuhand KG
  • Sears Holdings Corp
  • Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd
  • SuperValu Inc
  • Syst
  • Target Corp
  • Tesco PLC
  • The Home Depot Inc
  • The IKEA Group (INGKA Holding BV)
  • The Kroger Co
  • The TJX Companies Inc
  • Walgreen Co
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc
  • Wesfarmers Limited
  • WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC
  • Woolworths Limited
  • Yamada Denki Co Ltd

Retail is the sale of goods and services from individuals or businesses to the end-user. Retailers are part of an integrated system called the supply chain. A retailer purchases goods or products in large quantities from manufacturers directly or through a wholesale, and then sells smaller quantities to the consumer for a profit. Retailing can be done in either fixed locations like stores or markets, door-to-door or by delivery. An increasing amount of retailing is done using online websites, electronic payment, and then delivered via a courier or via other services. Rising GDP growth, burgeoning population, greater disposable income, and increasing consumer spending are combining to drive the Global Retail industry and opportunities for retail segment players. The market is forecast to reach an estimated $20,002 billion with a CAGR of 3.9% over the next five years. The retail industry comprises establishments engaged in selling merchandise or commodities for personal or household consumption, mainly consisting of apparel and accessories, technology, food and beverages, home improvement, specialty, pharmaceuticals, and others. Recently, as developed nations begin to emerge from recession, their economies recover, and unemployment rates begin to fall, the market segments are experiencing some renewed growth. The retail industry is highly fragmented and is dependent on macroeconomic factors such as GDP, disposable income, and consumer spending. Asia Pacific (APAC) dominates the industry, representing 35% of the global market. The APAC retail industry is expected to drive the market and grow at the highest rate among all regions. The global economic recession, inflation, and high unemployment rates are some of the challenges that are negatively affecting the retail industry. Conversely, some factors that are likely to boost sales in the industry include urbanization, technological growth, increase in product demand and selection, and the continued popularity of online purchasing. A combination of factors such as demographics and consumer spending habits impacts market dynamics significantly.


“The retail industry has changed considerably during the past 50 years. Much of our success today is based upon our ability to collaborate and to form strategic alliances with a variety of national and international business partners. Appleton Greene has embraced this philosophy with great effect and although they are still a small lean company, they are truly multi-national and multi-industrial in their approach.”

A quotation taken from a client reference within the Retail industry.